Tag: Melanoma

Changing the Status Quo: Four Landmark Studies and their Implication for Melanoma Treatment

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 13 November 2017 In News, Science

The crown jewel of the Melanoma Research Alliance has always been—and will always be—good science. Through science, we not only gain a better understanding of melanoma, but the ability to translate that understanding into better treatments, which in turn lead to a better quality of life for people with melanoma. At MRA, solid scientific leadership is at the forefront of everything we do. That’s why the MRA Board of Directors was thrilled to hear a presentation by fellow Board member and world-class researcher, Dr. Suzanne Topalian, on four landmark studies and their implications for melanoma treatment.

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A Mother’s Perspective: New Options for Pediatric Melanoma

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 6 September 2017 In Melanoma Stories, News, Treatment

When Cheryl Trocke’s nine-year old son Graham was diagnosed with melanoma four years ago, she quickly learned that when it comes to kids, there were no great treatment options and that care can vary greatly based on where your child is treated. After surgically removing the primary tumor, Graham’s doctors suggested a treatment plan of ‘wait and see.’

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Non-invasive Detection Modalities and Metastatic Risk Stratification for Melanoma: Where Are We Now?

By Pooja H. Rambhia, MD Candidate, Case Western Reserve University | 10 July 2017 In Prevention, Science, Treatment

While dermatologists have advocated for patient education about irregular skin lesions in order to catch melanomas earlier, dermatologists ultimately play the largest role in the detection and excision of abnormal skin lesions via skin biopsy. However, visual recognition and assessment of pigmented skin lesions is limited to the eye of the dermatologist, and can be challenging for even the most experienced clinicians.

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Trena's Story: An African-American Retiree's Journey with Melanoma

8 June 2016 In Melanoma Stories

“Trena, you have melanoma and you are going to lose your toe. “  WHAT?!?! I am a Black woman in her sixties—that is crazy!! [caption id="attachment_1733" align="alignleft" width="255"] Trena with her boyfriend, Maceo.[/caption] My name is Trena Brown.

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Whither melanoma and whither cancer research? 

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 10 May 2016 In Events, Prevention, Science, Treatment

There is no doubt that the last few years have seen incredible progress for melanoma patients with 11 treatments approved since MRA’s founding in 2007: personalized medicine, targeted therapy, immunotherapy. What remains to be done for melanoma and other cancers? How are the successes in melanoma and other research areas...

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A Daughter Reflects on Her Father’s Battle with Melanoma

By Samantha Stinchcomb | 5 April 2016 In Allies & Partnerships, Melanoma Stories

This week, we feature a guest post by Samantha Stinchcomb, a student at the University of Delaware. When her father succumbed to melanoma, Samantha and her family and friends founded the Wayne Stinchcomb Big Orange Foundation to raise money for melanoma research and to educate her local community about the disease...

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Research Q&A: Dr. Tim Bullock

21 March 2016 In Science

In the latest blog post, we chatted with the University of Virginia’s Tim Bullock, Ph.D., a tumor immunologist in the Pathology Department and MRA-funded investigator. Read on to learn what he has to say about melanoma research and prevention efforts.

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Dateline Chicago: MRA and GRACE Immunotherapy Forum

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 28 October 2014 In Events, Science, Treatment

On Sunday October 26, MRA and its partner GRACE (Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education) held a forum for patients/caregivers with melanoma, kidney cancer and lung cancer at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Chicago.  Despite the fact that it was a gorgeous day outside—warm and sunny for Chicago in late...

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Expanded Access Programs: A Time of Amazement in Melanoma

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 28 August 2014 In Science, Treatment

For those of you keeping a close eye on the field of melanoma treatments, you know that we find ourselves living in a simply amazing period of opportunity and innovation—even though there is still a long way to go.

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